Blackjack newsletter and blackjack strategySubscribe to the Blackjack Insider newsletter

How to Win EVEN MORE Blackjack Tournaments - Volume II... only $14.95. Ken Smith's second e-book on tournament blackjack contains more of his winning strategies that have made him one of the best tournament blackjack players in the world.

Or, purchase both Volume I and Volume II together for $24.95... over 15% off!

NEW! Read how Ken used skill to win a recent blackjack tournament. Get his books and you could too!

How To Win EVEN MORE Blackjack Tournaments - Volume II
(web ads above removed with paid membership. Click here for advertisement rates)

Blackjack Insider Newsletter, October 2002, #34



Most mini-tournaments (also known as fun tournaments) have entry fees of $50 or less and nonnegotiable tournament chips are used for betting. Player entry fees are pooled and returned as prizes to players.

Casinos that offer mini-tournaments do so on a regular basis (mostly weekly). Call the casino for tournament times and entry fees.

If you know of recent changes to any tournament listed, please pass it along to so that we can update the information in our schedule.


Las Vegas, NV: Longhorn Casino (1-702-435-9170)

Mesquite, NV: Oasis (1-800-621-0187)

Reno, NV: Sundowner (1-800-648-5490)

Sparks, NV: Baldini’s (1-800-845-7911)

Laughlin, NV: Colorado Belle (1-877-460-0777); Pioneer (1-800-634-3469); Riverside (1-888-733-5946)

Biloxi: President: (1-800-624-3000)

Dubuque, IA: Diamond Jo (1-800-582-5956)

Hinkley, MN: Grand (1-800-472-6321)

Prior Lake, MN: Little Six (1-800-548-8536)

Kansas City, MO: Ameristar (1-800-499-4961)

Albuquerque, NM: Sandia Pueblo (1-800-526-9266)

Verona, NY: Turning Stone (1-800-771-7711)

Longview, WA: Cadillac Ranch Casino (1-877-773-5874)

Tacoma, WA: Emerald Queen (1-888-831-7655)

Toppenish, WA: Legends (1-877-726-6311)


Las Vegas, NV: Longhorn (1-702-435-9170); Rampart (1-877-869-8777);

Henderson, NV: Fiesta Henderson (1-888-899-7770)

Laughlin, NV: Avi (1-800-284-2946); Colorado Belle (1-877-460-0777); Pioneer (1-800-634-3469); Edgewater (1-877-972-7222)

Mesquite, NV: Eureka (1-702-346-4600)

Stateline, NV: Harveys (1-800-553-1022); Tahoe Horizon (1-800- 683-8087)

Minden, NV: Carson Valley Inn (1-877-783-7711)

Reno, NV: Peppermill (1-800-648-6992); Siena (1-877-743-6233)

Kenner, LA: Treasure Chest (1-800-298-0711

Biloxi, MS: Imperial Palace (1-800-436-3000); Treasure Bay (1-800-747-2839)

Greenville, MS: Jubilee (1-800-946-6673)

Robinsonville, MS: Sam’s Town (1-800-456-0711)

St. Joseph, MO: St. Jo Frontier (1-800-888-2946)

Michigan City, IN: Blue Chip Casino (1-888-879-7711)

Harris, MI: Chip’s-In Island: (1-800-682-6040)

Cass Lake, MN: Palace (1-800-228-6676)

Morton, MN: Jackpot Junction (1-800-946-2274)

Prior Lake, MN: Mystic Lake (1-800-262-7799)

Albuquerque, NM: Sandia Pueblo (1-800-526-9266)

Greenbay, WI: Oneida (1-800-238-4263)

Turtle Lake, WI: St. Croix(1-800-846-8946)

Toppenish, WA: Legends (1-877-726-6311)

Alpine, CA: Viejas Casino (1-800-847-6537)

Jackson, CA: Jackson Rancheria (1-800-822-9466)

Lincoln City, OR: Chinook Winds (1-888-244-6665)

Toppenish, WA: Legends (1-509-865-8800)

Marysville, WA: Tulalip (1-888-272-1111)

San Filipe, NM: Hollywood (1-877-529-2946)

Tacoma, WA: Emerald Queen (1-888-831-7655)


Henderson, NV: Green Valley Ranch (1-866-617-7770)

Las Vegas, NV: Longhorn (1-702-435-9170)

Laughlin, NV: River Palms Resort (1-800-835-7904); Colorado Belle (1-877-460-0777)

Reno, NV: Atlantis (1-888-551-7007)

Incline Village, NV: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe (1-775-832-1234)

Kenner, LA: Treasure Chest (1-800-298-0711

Biloxi, MS: President (1-800-843-7737); Imperial Palace (1-800-436-3000)

Gulfport, MS: Grand (1-800-946-7777)

Philadelphia, MS: Silver Star (1-800-557-0711)

Bettendorf, IA: Isle of Capri (1-800-724-5825)

Council Bluffs, IA: Ameristar (1-877-462-7827)

Fort Madison, IA: Catfish Bend (1-800-372-946)

Baton Rouge, LA: Argosy (1-800-378-6000)

Hinkley, MN: Grand (1-800-472-6321)

Morton, MN: Jackpot Junction (1-800-946-2274)

Prior Lake, MN: Little Six (1-800-548-8536)

Walker, MN: Northern Lights (1-800-252-7529)

Thief River Falls, MN: Seven Clans (1-218-681-4062)

Mahnomen, MN: Shooting Star (1-800-453-7827)

San Felipe: Hollywood (1-877-529-2946)

North Bend, OR: Mill (1-800-953-4800)

Anacortes, WA: Swinomish (1-360-293-2691)

Jackson, CA: Jackson Rancheria (1-800-822-9466)

Holton, KS: Golden Eagle (1-888-464-5825)

Quebec, Canada: Casino de Montreal (1-800-665-2274)

Longview, WA: Cadillac Ranch Casino (1-877-773-5874)


Las Vegas, NV: Longhorn (1-702-435-9170); Rampart (1-877-869-8777); Fiesta Rancho (1-888-877-5108)

Henderson, NV: Fiesta Henderson (1-888-899-7770); Sunset Station (1-888-808-7717)

Laughlin, NV: Avi (1-800-284-2946); Colorado Belle (1-877-460-0777); Pioneer (1-800-634-3469); Edgewater (1-877-972-7222)

Reno: Siena (1-877-743-6231)

Mesquite, NV: CasaBlanca (1-800-459-7529)

Carson City, NV: Pinon Plaza (1-877-519-5567)

Sparks, NV: Silver Club (1-800-905-7774)

Stateline, NV: Lake Tahoe Horizon (1-800-322-7723)

Crystal Bay, NV: Tahoe Biltmore (1-800-245-8667)

Pahrump, NV: Terrible’s Town (1-888-845-7911)

Rock Island, IL: Juner’s Rock Island (1-309-793-4200)

Fort Madison, IA: Catfish Bend (1-800-372-2946)

Clinton, IA: Mississippi Belle II (1-800-457-9975)

Suttons Bay, MI: Leelanau Sands (1-800-922-2946)

Tower, MN: Fortune Bay (1-800-992-7529)

Red Wing, MN: Treasure Island (1-800-222-7077)

Lincoln City, OR: Chinook Winds (1-888-244-6665)

North Bend, OR: Mill (1-800-953-4800)

Gardena, CA: Normandie (1-310-352-3400)

New Orleans, LA: Bally’s (1-800-572-2559)

Biloxi, MS: Imperial Palace (1-800-436-3000)

Lula, MS: Isle of Capri (1-800-789-5825)

Oroville, CA: Feather Falls (1-877-652-4646)


Las Vegas, NV: Longhorn (1-702-435-9170)

Laughlin, NV: River Palms Resort (1-800-835-7904); Colorado Belle (1-877-460-0777); Pioneer (1-800-634-3469); Avi (1-800-430-0721); Riverside (1-888-733-5946)

Boulder City, NV: Hacienda (1-800-245-6380)

Mesquite, NV: Virgin River (1-800-346-7721)

Sparks, NV: John Ascuaga’s Nugget (1-800-843-2427)

Stateline, NV: Harveys (1-800-553-1022)

Wendover: Pepermill (1-800-648-9660)

Biloxi, MS: Isle of Capri (1-800-843-4753); President (1-800-624-3000)

Alpine, CA: Viejas Casino & Turf Club (1-800-847-6537)

Inglewood, CA: Hollywood Park (1-800-888-4972)

San Filipe, NM: Hollywood (1-877-529-2946)


Las Vegas, NV: Longhorn (1-702-435-9170); Boulder Station (1-800-981-5577); Sante Fe Station (1-866-767-7771)

Laughlin, NV: Colorado Belle (1-877-460-0777); River palms (1-702-298-2242)

Sparks, NV: Baldini’s (1-800-845-7911)

Deadwood, SD: Miss Kitty’s (1-800-668-8189); First Gold (1-800-274-1876)

Towaoc, CO: Ute Mountain (1-970-565-8800)

Alpine, CA: Viejas Casino & Turf Club (1-800-847-6537)

Toppenish, WA: Legends (1-877-726-6311)


Las Vegas, NV: Silverton (1-800-588-7711)

Mequite, NV: Eureka (1-702-346-4600)

Laughlin, NV: Colorado Belle (1-877-460-0777)

Fort Madison, IA: Catfish Bend (1-800-372-2946)

Lincoln City, OR: Chinook Winds (1-888-244-6665)

North Bend, OR: Mill (1-800-953-4800)

Gardena, CA: Normandie (1-800-946-637)

Christmas, MI: Kewadin (1-800-539-2346)

Hessel, MI: Kewadin (1-800-539-2346)

Manistique, MI: Kewadin (1-800-539-2346)

Ontario, Cananda: Kewadin (1-800-539-2346)

St. Ignace: Kewadin (1-800-539-2346)

Gardena, CA: Normandie (1-880-994-6637)

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont: Sault Ste. Marie (1-800-826-8946)

Deadwood, SD: Silverado (1-800-584-7005)

Everett, WA: Big Apple (1-425-259-3551)


Congratulations to Anthony Curtis, publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor, for qualifying for the championship finals of the Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar Tournament. Anthony qualified by "lucking into a blackjack on the last hand to advance" during the September satellite tournament. This was Anthony’s fourth try at qualifying into the final round. Ironically, he launched his now very successful publishing company with the winnings he amassed in blackjack tournaments back in the 1970’s.

The following table lists the date, name and location of the sponsoring casino; the fee for entering the tournament; the number of decks of cards that will be used during play; the total prizes that will be offered including the amount for finishing first; and a telephone number to obtain more details. Since tournament dates and prizes can be changed or canceled sometimes at the last minute, please call and confirm.

Note: The entry fee for most tournaments includes a free or discounted room and meal(s) – check with the sponsoring casino for details. The prizes listed below included the total to be given out followed by the amount of money that can be won for finishing first (e.g. $40K/$20K means a total of $40,000 will be given away with $20,000 going to the first place winner). Tournaments that are starred (*) require an invitation from the participating casino; however, check with the casino tournament coordinator if you could still enter. Some free tournaments are only open to players who are members of the casino’s slot club. Prizes for Canadian tournaments are in Canadian currency.


Date Location Entry #Decks Prizes Phone

Oct. 7 Turning Stone $25 six $8.4K/$2.2K 1-800-771-7711

Verona, NY

Oct. 10-12 L.V. Hilton $1K six $57.5/$20K 1-800-457-3307

Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 11 Silversmith free* single $15K/$5K 1-800-354-3672

West Wendover, NV

Oct. 11-13 Atlantis $500* single $55K/$50K 1-888-551-7007

Reno, NV

Oct. 11-14 Harrah’s free* six $43K/$20K 1-800-392-9002

Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 12 Ho-Chunk $50 six $10K/$4K 1-800-746-2486

Baraboo, WI

Oct. 14-16 Ramada Express $99 single $29.5K/$10K 1-800-243-6846

Laughlin, NV

Oct 14-17 Riverside $169 single $10K/$4K 1-888-733-5946

Laughlin, NV

Oct. 15-16 Foxwoods free* six $50K/$25K 1-800-252-9244

Ledyeard, CT

Oct. 17 Harrah’s $100* eight $6K/$2K 1-800-242-7724

Atlantic City, NJ

Oct. 17-18 Foxwoods free* six $100K/$50K 1-800-252-9244

Ledyard, CT

Oct. 17-20 Beau Rivage free* six $75K/$50K 1-800-760-3354

Biloxi, MS

Oct. 18-20 Colorado Belle $20 six $15K/$5K 1-877-466-0777

Laughlin, NV

Oct. 18-20 Grand Casino $500 six $100K/$50K 1-800-946-7777

Gulfport, MS

Oct. 18-20 Peppermill $299 single $20K/$10K 1-800-648-5555

Reno, NV

Oct. 21-24 Stardust free* double $52K/$30K 1-888-271-1777

Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 25-27 Imperial Palace $150 six $25K/$10K 1-800-436-3000

Biloxi, MS

Oct. 26 Ameristar $200 six $20K/$10K 1-800-325-7777)

St. Charles, MO

Oct. 26-27 Jackpot Junction $200 four $50K/$25K 1-800-946-2274

Morton, MN

Oct. 27-29 Fitzgeralds $240* single $18K/$5K 1-800-274-5825

Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 29 Mystic Lake $100 four $22K/$10K 1-800-262-7799

Prior Lake, MN

Nov. 1-3 Kewadin $200 six $30K/$12K 1-800-539-2346

St. Ignace, MI

Nov. 1-3 Tropicana $500 six $50K/$25K 1-800-545-4989

Las Vegas, NV

Nov. 1-3 Nugget $500 single $50K/$50K 1-800-648-1177

Sparks, NV

Nov. 2 Majestic Pines $50 six $10K/$4K 1-800-746-2486

Black River Falls, WI

Nov. 2-3 Silverado $200 single $25K/$11K 1-800-584-7005

Deadwood, SD

Nov. 7 Jumer’s free six $5K/$2.5K 1-800-477-8946

Rock Island, IL

Nov. 8 Cactus Pete $200* single $50K/$20K 1-800-821-1103

Jackpot, NV

Nov. 8-10 Sam’s Town free* two $20K/$10K 1-800-456-0711

Robinsonville, MS

Nov. 8-10 NY NY free* six $40K/$20K 1-888-469-6958

Las Vegas, NV

Nov. 12-14 Foxwoods free* six $30K/$5K 1-800-752-9244

Ledyard, CT

Nov. 14-16 LV Hilton $1K six $57.5K/$20K 1-800-457-3307

Las Vegas, NV

Nov. 15 Shooting Star $75 six $10.5K/$4.2K 1-800-453-7827

Mahnomen, MN

Nov. 17-19 Bally’s free* six $100K/$50K 1-800-634-3434

Las Vegas, NV

Nov. 21-23 LV Hilton $299 six $25K/$10K 1-800-457-3307

Las Vegas, NV

Nov. 22 Resorts six free* $25K/$25K 1-800-336-6378

Atlantic City, NJ

Nov. 23 Rainbow $50 six $10K/$4K 1-800-746-2486

Nekoosa, WI

Nov. 29 Casino Niagra $100 eight $17K/$10K 1-888-698-3888

Niagra Falls, Ontario

Other planned tournaments

Nov. 29-30 Station Casinos, Las Vegas (includes six area Station properties)

Dec 1 Palace Station, Las Vegas (1-800-544-2411)

Dec. 2-5 Stardust, Las Vegas (1-888-271-1777)

Dec. 5-7 New Frontier, Las Vegas (1-888-271-1777)

Dec. 6-8 Imperial Palace, Las Vegas (1-800-351-7400)

Dec. 6-8 Pioneer, Laughlin (1-800-634-3469)

Dec. 6-8 Tahoe Biltmore, Crystal Bay (NV) (1-800-245-8667)

Dec. 6-8 Grand casino, Tunica (1-800-946-4946)

Dec. 6-9 Treasure Island, Las Vegas (1-800-944-3777)

Dec. 7-8 Flamingo, Laughlin (1-800-662-6004)

Dec. 8-10 Edgewater, Laughlin (1-800-289-8777)

Dec. 11 Grand Casino, Gulfport (1-800-946-7777)

Dec. 13-16 Harrah’s, Las Vegas (1-800-392-9002)

Future dates for the satellite tournaments in the $1MM blackjack tournament at the Las Vegas Hilton are:

Round 9 - Dec. 19-21

Round 10 - Jan. 16-18, 2003

Round 11 – Feb. 6-8, 2003

Round 12 – March 13-15, 2003

$1MM finals - April 10-12, 2003

To enter or for details call 1-800-457-3307.

Tip: Try to play in blackjack tournaments in which all the player’s entry fees are returned in prizes. If unsure, ask the host casino if this is the case.


©2015, DeepNet Technologies. No material to be copied without express permission of DeepNet Technologies.
This site developed by DeepNet Technologies, Ontario, Canada. Contact webmaster @ bjinsider . com if you have problems.
This site is best viewed in a 800x600 graphics mode, or higher.